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The Parachute Manual

By Dan Poynter

"The definitive work on the history, development, design; repair and maintenance of parachute equipment" - Aviation/Space magazine.

"The most comprehensive work on the jungle of parachutes and parachute hardware ever placed in one stack. Dan fills in all the gaps left between documented nostalgia and modern technique with his own vast knowledge of parachuting. The Parachute Manual has become the standard reference in both design and manufacturing work for all aspects of personnel parachutes, mater.ials, design, hardware, packing and construction for both military and civilian systems" - Survival And Flight Equipment Journal

"The Parachute Manual is being used as a guide throughout the aviation branch of the Coast Guard. I might say, it is the most informative I have seen in my 23 years service" - MCPO C.J. Dugan, USCG Institute.

"This new manual is an essential addition to the literature." - Royal Aeronautical Society, Aerospace magazine.

"This well-known aviation reference has been accepted as the authority on parachutes by nearly every manufacturer and government." - Aviation/Space Writers Association, AWA Newsletter.

"Poynter puts the technical part of parachute design and construction in plain language that non-engineers can understand." - Skydiving Magazine.

"This is a book a parascender can browse through for hours." - British Association of Parascending Clubs Skywalker magazine.

"A must if you have any interest at all in parachutes and related equipment" - Canadian Parachutist Magazine.

"No one has written more than Dan Poynter about the technical aspects of parachuting equipment. For 30 years, he's been totally committed to parachuting, flying and rigging. The Parachute Manual has already established itself as the ultimate authority on parachute equipment. It is certainly the rigger's 'Bible'. I make no apology for repeating that I believe every club ought to have a copy and that all club members be encouraged to devour its contents." - British Sport Parachutist magazine.

"If there is a scrap of information about a parachute, past or present, which has escaped the indomitable search of author-publisher Poynter, it must be still blowin' in the wind." - The Fayetteville Observer-Times.

"The Parachute Manual is definitely everything you wanted to know about parachutes but were afraid to ask. I feel the manual is a must for every jumper, not just riggers" - Southwest Skydiving Newsletter.

"A valuable reference for riggers, parachute lofts and anyone who is interested in gaining knowledge about parachute equipment." - Relative Wind newsletter.


After a fourth revised printing, over 25,000 copies are in print.

The Parachute Manual has been selected by the U.S. Parachute Association for offer to its members.

PM has been mentioned in Aviation Monthly (HBJ), Parachutist, The Madison Review of Books, Explorers Limited Source Book, SAFE Journal, Quincy (MA) Sun, Fallschirm Sport Magazin, The Static Line, Parachutist magazine, and many other periodicals.

PM is available from parachute catalog houses and skydiving shops worldwide.